Spotlight: Dunhill AW16

John Ray’s LC:M presentation was all about the airdried double-faced cashmere blazers

British. Blue. Blazer. Three words that sum up the dunhill AW16 collection, or at least the jackets. When John Ray’s classic Brit brand moved in at The Savile Club over the weekend, dunhill laid out a sartorial spread of velvet, cashmere and merino wool.

Formal evening wear and a sort of dunhill version of ‘sportswear’ (think clothes to drive fast cars in) was all present, but it was the blazers that dominated. It’s not a new dunhill garment, rather a staple that’s been recreated in an array of rich fabrications including the finest airdried double-faced cashmere, doing away with the need for linings. Here, John Ray explains why the blazer is part of the dunhill DNA.

“Anytime you research you see men, beautiful men, elegant men, they always own a blazer. Double breasted, single breasted always in blue, says Ray. “There can be confusion with the definition between blazer and a sports jacket. A blazer is always blue, anything that isn’t then becomes a sports jacket. We love the blue blazer, it’s very British.”